The Westman Islands Private Tour from Reykjavik

14 hr

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We visit the puffins, museums, and the craters edge of a recently-erupted volcano.
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Itinerary Details

Vestmannaeyjar

The Westman Islands are a group of 15-18 islands, depending on how they are classed, and about 30 skerries sand rock pillars, located off the mainland’s south coast. The islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions along a 30-km long fissure lying southwest to northeast. The largest island is Heimaey, 13.4 km2.Most of the islands have steep sea cliffs, and are well vegetated. Bird hunting and egg collecting are traditional to the islanders’ culture.

A New Island Emerges- Surtsey

On the morning of 14th November, 1963, crew aboard Ísleifur II saw a column of black dust rising from the sea, south-west of Heimaey. An eruption had begun on the seabed which was to last almost four years. By the second day of the eruption the island, Surtsey, was already 10 metres high. When the eruption ended, on 5th June, 1967, the island covered 2,8 square km and reached a...
Vestmannaeyjar

The Westman Islands are a group of 15-18 islands, depending on how they are classed, and about 30 skerries sand rock pillars, located off the mainland’s south coast. The islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions along a 30-km long fissure lying southwest to northeast. The largest island is Heimaey, 13.4 km2.Most of the islands have steep sea cliffs, and are well vegetated. Bird hunting and egg collecting are traditional to the islanders’ culture.

A New Island Emerges- Surtsey

On the morning of 14th November, 1963, crew aboard Ísleifur II saw a column of black dust rising from the sea, south-west of Heimaey. An eruption had begun on the seabed which was to last almost four years. By the second day of the eruption the island, Surtsey, was already 10 metres high. When the eruption ended, on 5th June, 1967, the island covered 2,8 square km and reached a height of 170m. Surtsey is protected by law and Icelandic scientists continue to document the colonization of the island by plant and bird life.

The Eruption on Heimaey, 1973

The eruption on Heimay began on 23rd January, 1973, just before two o´clock in the morning. A fissure opened on the eastern side of the island, only 300-400 metres from Kirkjubæir, the most easterly houses in the town. The inhabitants of Heimaey were woken by the police and firebrigade as they drove around, raising the alarm with their sirens. People streamed down to the docks. Fortunately the weather had been stormy the day before and most of the island´s fleet of 60-70 fishing boats had stayed in harbour. The boats ferried the town´s people to safety in Þórlákshöfn.

We visit the puffins, museums, and possibly walk up to the crater of the  recently-erupted volcano.

Important Details

Included
  • Bottled water
  • Private tour
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off in the capital area
  • Driver/guide
  • WiFi in vehicle
  • Transport by private vehicle
Not Included
  • Entrance fees, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We can pickup at any accommodation in the capital area. Please enter your requested pick-up point in special reqests when booking.

Ports

  • Skarfabakki


Departure at 7am > Return at 9pm
Departure at 9:45am > Return at 11:30pm

Please contact the local tour operator directly after booking to confirm your exact departure time
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Heimaey Circle Boat Tour can be scheduled for you/your group (Extra charge)
  • Tour Dependant on Ferry availability
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.